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Ensign Doug Pawlishen, NOAA Corps, demonstrates features of the immersion suit, like the whistle, during a safety at sea presentation for members of Boy Scout Troop 1 from Sterling, Mass. The troop visited the R/V Gloria Michelle on August 20.  Photo credit:  Shelley Dawicki, NEFSC/NOAA.

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Boy Scouts pose with the Gloria Michelle crew. The Scouts are working on an oceanography merit badge.  Photo credit:  Shelley Dawicki, NEFSC/NOAA.

August 29, 2014
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

Boy Scouts Visit Woods Hole Laboratory for Oceanography Merit Badge

Members of Boy Scout Troop 1 in Sterling, Massachusetts are one step closer to their oceanography merit badges after visiting the Woods Hole Laboratory on August 20. About 20 scouts, along with troop leaders and several parents, toured the laboratory's Research Vessel Gloria Michelle, which was in port for a few days between projects.

In the pilot house, Captain Anna-Liza Villard-Howe spoke about vessel operations and the vessel’s at-sea science operations, while Ensign Doug Pawlishen addressed safety and work at sea on the stern. The scouts ranged from sixth graders to high school sophomores. They learned about the ship’s capabilities and research projects, put on survival suits as part of the safety presentation, and learned about future career possibilities.

During their day in Woods Hole, members of the troop also toured the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, made a discovery cruise with local tour operator OceanQuest, and visited the Sea Education Association. Troop leader Mike Brown, an IT project manager, arranged for the visit after reading about the Gloria Michelle and its crew on the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) web site.

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